Is This Prominent Conservative Columnist Running for President?

National Review columnist David French (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The stranger-than-fiction 2016 presidential race took another wild turn on Tuesday.

From NBC News:

After a feverish few days of speculation over who conservative “Never Trump” activist Bill Kristol was hinting about in a tweet over the weekend boasting of a third-party challenger to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the cat is out of the bag: Kristol is courting constitutional lawyer and Weekly Standard [sic] writer David French to run for president.

Several sources confirmed to NBC News that French is interested in a bid, but has not yet committed to running or not.

David French is a relative unknown to both voters and to reporters — note that NBC News incorrectly referred to French as a Weekly Standard columnist when he actually writes for National Review. 

French being suggested as a third party candidate is certainly a surprise. So who is he? Well, let me quote his brand new Wikipedia page — which didn’t exist prior to yesterday:

French is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He served as the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and as a lecturer at Cornell Law School. French has also served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

French retired as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in 2005, citing plans to serve in the United States Army Reserve as an officer. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 during the Iraq War, serving in the Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate.

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